Originally Posted by Ataturk
Surfing history, maybe, but I can't imagine that the phone stores bank account or remote storage passwords. If it does maybe you should fix that before someone swipes it.
We are not talking about what I personally have on my phone. I would not, at least with current technology, access any bank/broker account on my smart phone. However, millions of folks do.
Here is a quote from the two cases in question:
In the digital age, when about 90 percent of US citizens own cellphones and 58 percent have a smart phone, a legal battle is raging behind the scenes as to whether cellphones should be protected under the Fourth Amendment, which forbids “unreasonable searches and seizures.” Or should the technology become fair game for the police following an arrest?
The question will be considered in the case of David Leon Riley (Riley v California 13-1312), who was pulled over in San Diego in 2009 for driving with an expired license. After discovering guns in his car, the police found evidence on Riley’s Samsung smart phone that got him convicted on attempted murder charges.
The state of California rejected efforts by Riley’s attorney to toss out the use of the digital evidence.
In the other case (United States v Wurie, 13-212), Brima Wurie was arrested in Massachusetts for dealing drugs. Following a search of his cellphone’s call log, investigators found an address, where they discovered more illegal substances and a gun. Unlike the case of David Riley, Wurie had his sentence overturned when the court rejected the evidence retrieved from his phone.
I'll let you and the other lawyers comment but there is quite a bit of commentary by both lawyers and International Maritime experts on the web today about this.